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In These Times

Makaya McCraven

In These Times

Latest release from Chicago-based jazz drummer featuring contributions from Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Joel Ross and Brandee Younger

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Even if you’re not familiar with its touchstones: by colliding the past with the present, McCraven makes a point of making progress. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    With its long gestation period, In These Times accumulated an arresting abundance of ideas, sounds, textures, and styles. The album is its own jazz labyrinth, and as such is destined for repeated listening and startling discovery
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    In These Times has almost as much in common with library funk, instrumental hip-hop, and Bartok-ian folk as it does with more codified, traditional notions of jazz. It works wonderfully camping on a relaxed beach or in the most ostentatious concert venue, worthy of rigorous intellectual inspection yet just as easy to get high and chill to
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  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Hip-hop breakouts, machine music and sumptuous strings vie with out-and-out jazz brilliance on the US drummer-producer’s latest
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Where his breakthrough LPS deftly shaped improvisations into compositions, In These Times reverses the trick - adding textural depth and layer upon layer of intrigue to McCraven's emotionally-charged meditations on life and identity. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The hybrid jazz drummer and producer’s latest album uses his familiar post-production techniques but feels more deftly orchestrated and rhythmically complex
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  7. 6.7 |   Spectrum Culture

    As eclectic as In These Times is on paper, its professional sheen sometimes keeps it from really popping forth
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